This granola just says fall because it has a little bit of everything we love about fall in it - maple, warm orange essences, pumpkin spice seasonings, toasty oats, tasty nuts - yep. Everything fall. Enjoy!
Fall Flavored Granola
Total Preparation: 40 minutes
Gluten free and dairy free
2 cups whole oats
3/4 cups pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
1 cup pecans, crushed pieces
1 cup walnuts, crushed pieces
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
1 Tablespoon Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice (see notes below)
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest of 1/2 orange (optional)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In a bowl, add oats, pepitas, pecans, walnuts, Himalayan salt, flax seeds, chia seeds, and the Pumpkin Pie Spice. (dry ingredients)
In a separate bowl, microwave the coconut oil until fully melted.
Add the maple syrup and vanilla to the melted coconut oil and stir to incorporate. (liquid mixture)
Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients.
Optional: Zest some of the orange into this bowl as well.
Toss everything together until the oats and nuts seem evenly coated with the liquids and seasonings.
Spread this mixture all over a sheet pan and place into the oven.
Bake for around 30 minutes, stirring every 7-10 minutes to make sure that all of it is getting evenly toasted.
Once done, take out and let cool. Once cool, eat as much as you would like, share it with friends, store in an air tight container for the future, but over everything, enjoy!
If you do not have a Trader Joe’s grocery store near you, here is how you can easily make your own pumpkin pie spice: Mix 1 and 1/3 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2/3 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/3 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/3 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/3 teaspoon cardamom. (*this makes enough just for this recipe)
The orange zest can also be added after the baking part, which would make it more aromatic. But if you do this, your granola will not have a very long shelf life due to the raw orange peels (we don’t want moldy granola). So just be aware of this if you choose to do it that way.
Have fun with this! Add some more maple syrup for more of a sweet treat granola, use this mix as a topping for an apple streusel bake, get rid of the oats and use extra nuts to make it grain free. The possibilities are endless, which is what I love so much about granola.